Grizzly River Run

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    Grizzly River Run at Disney California Adventure

    Grizzly River Run at California Adventure
    Courtesy of Disneyland Resort

    Grizzly River Run is like white water rafting — or at least it's inspired by that experience. It's a long, tall, fast, spinning water ride designed to give you a fun (but wet) ride. Try as hard as you like, but you're unlikely to get out of this one without some part of your body feeling damp, if not downright soaked.

    What You Need to Know About Grizzly River Run

    • Location: Grizzly Peak
    • Rating: ★★★★
    • Restrictions:  42 in (106 cm)
    • Ride Time: 5 minutes
    • Recommended for: Teens and adults who don't mind getting wet
    • Fun Factor: Medium
    • Wait Factor: High. Use a Fastpass to shorten your time in line, or try getting in line during the parades or evening shows. The ride has a Single Rider option that may help you get on faster. Cast Members use single riders to fill in otherwise empty seats. If you're willing to split up from the rest of your group while riding, it can shorten your wait time significantly.
    • Fear Factor: Low
    • Herky-Jerky Factor: This ride is not for anyone with neck or back trouble, heart problems or for expectant mothers.
    • Nausea Factor: Low
    • Seating: Ride vehicles look like a large, inflatable raft. Riders sit around the edges, facing the center. You have to step over the edge and down to get in. Don't even try to pick the seat that will stay the driest. No matter which one you get it, that one will get soaked on the next run.
    • Accessibility: You will have to transfer from your wheelchair or ECV by yourself or with help from your traveling companions. There are some steps to go up and down as you get on and off. Enter with everyone else and then go through the designated gate near the loading zone. If you're using a Fastpass, ask a cast member at the loading area for help. Service animals are not allowed. More about visiting Disneyland in a wheelchair or ECV
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    How to Have More Fun on Grizzly River Run

    Getting Started on Grizzly River Run
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    • You're going to get wet on this ride. It's almost impossible not to. Be sure anything that water would damage is put away securely. Bring plastic bags and maybe some dry socks. The lockers near the ride entrance are a perfect place to stow your stuff, and they're free for the first two hours.
    • If you want to know just how wet you'll get, you can watch the ride vehicles come down the hill from the sidewalk near the ride's entrance. Or stand at the exit and see how many people are getting off with soggy bottoms.
    • Ride during mid-day when it's warmer, so you don't have to walk around cold and damp, but not just before going inside an air-conditioned restaurant or show. Some people also suggest riding it when you first arrive to avoid waiting.
    • Some people attempt to stay dry by creating a makeshift poncho out of a large plastic garbage bag, cutting holes for their arms and legs. You could even complete the ensemble with plastic bags over your shoes and another on your head, but don't blame me if people look at you funny for wearing all that. A simpler solution might be to bring a regular rain poncho or buy one at the Rushin' River Outfitters shop near the ride.
    • Put away your glasses and hat before you ride, or you may lose them. If you don't have a change of socks, think about taking them off until you get done to keep them dry.

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    Fun Facts About Grizzly River Run

    Grizzly River Run, Disney California Adventure
    ©Betsy Malloy Photography

    One of the ride's drops is 21 feet tall. Its designers say they designed to go higher at the beginning so they could have more fun with you on the way down.

    The grizzly bear on the mountain is the California state animal. The funny thing is that the California grizzly has been extinct since the 1920s.

    The ride's backstory is based on many Native American legends. As the folklore goes Grizzly Peak was a giant bear named Oo-soo'-ma-te, who was turned into stone to watch over and protect the mountain, by the coyote A-ha-le. 

    Next California Adventure Ride: Mater's Junkyard Jamboree